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Germany exemplifies consistency on the way to the Trios title


In a title match between the two top-seeded trios, Birgit Pöppler, Nadine Geißler and Tina Hulsch of Germany exemplified consistency on their way to a 616-560 victory over qualifying leaders Hayley Russell, singles champion Keira Reay and Lisa John of England en route to claim the gold medal at the Women’s European Championships.

L-R Trios champions Birgit Pöppler, Nadine Geißler and Tina Hulsch. Photos courtesy of Austrian and German Bowling Federation.

2016WECTriosEngland1a.jpgPöppler led the team with 207 with Hulsch and Geißler close behind with 205 and 204, respectively. For the English women, who averaged 214.67 over six games to win the preliminaries and to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round, it was the lowest game of the event.

2016WECTriosSweden2.jpgIn the semi-finals, England defeated the lone trio out of squad 2, No. 4 seed Sweden (left) with Ida Andersson, Filippa Persson and doubles champion Joline Persson Planefors, 610-600.

In the other semi-final match, each German bowler was two pins better than one of Danish bowlers Britt Brøndsted, Kamilla Kjeldsen and Mai Ginge Jensen to beat Denmark (below right) by six pins, 638-632.

2016WECTriosDenmark1.jpgEngland was awarded the silver medal. Denmark and Sweden both received bronze. With the victory in trios, Germany moved to the top of the medal tally with 1 gold, 1 silver and two bronze medals. England is second with 1 gold and 1 silver and Sweden third with 1 gold and two bronze. Germany and Sweden are the only teams who have medaled in each event so far.

Action shifts to the five-player team competition, which also will decided the medals in All-Events and the 24 players, who will advance to Masters match play. Though all teams fit into one squad, the six-game preliminaries will be held over two days.

The first block of three games is set for Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The second block starts on Friday morning at 9 a.m. with the medal round to follow from 2.30 to 5.30.

With 18 out of 24 games in the books, 2015 European Bowling Tour women’s point ranking leader Jenny Wegner took the pole position in All-Events with 3922 total and an average of 217.89. Russell 97 pins behind in second place with 3825. Places three to five belong to German bowlers, Geißler (3819), Pöppler (3807) and Patricia Luoto (3801).

2016WECLogo.jpgThe 2016 Women’s European Championships will be held from June 10 to 18 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

131 players from 25 of the 48 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations – Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and the host country Austria – participate in the event.

Each team consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the nine-day competition.

Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team events features six games preliminaries with the top 4 advancing to the playoffs in one-game format, seeded 1 to 4 according to their position in qualifying. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners bowl for gold and silver and the losers share the bronze medals.

The top three players with the highest 24-game total (combined results of the Singles, Doubles and Team preliminaries) receive the medals in All Events.

The top 24 in All-Events advance to single-elimination Masters match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 receive one bye.

In each round, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowls the second-lowest seeded player, and so on. Winners advance and losers will be eliminated. The remaining two players bowl for gold and silver and the losers of the semifinals share the bronze medals.

The 2016 Women’s European Championships serve as the qualifying event for female bowlers competing in the X World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The top 5 countries with the two highest positioned players in All-Events qualify for the World Games. The bowling competition will be held July 20-24 at Sky Bowling.

The Championships also serve as the qualifier for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait Dec. 4-18. The top 12 women teams in Vienna will qualify for the combined World Championships.

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2016 WEC Trios – Medal Round


Championship Round:
1. Germany (Nadine Geißler, Tina Hulsch, Birgit Pöppler), 1254 (2 games)
2. England (Hayley Russell, Keira Reay, Lisa John), 1170 (2 games)
3. Denmark (Britt Brøndsted, Kamilla Kjeldsen, Mai Ginge Jensen), 632 (1 game) and
Sweden (Filippa Persson, Joline Persson Planefors, Ida Andersson), 600 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semi-final Match 1: No. 1 England (Russell 198/Reay 200/John 212) def.
No. 4 Sweden (Andersson 214/Persson 201/Persson Planefors 185), 610-600
Semi-final Match 2: No. 2 Germany (Geißler 219/Hulsch 237/Pöppler 182) def.
No. 3 Denmark (Brøndsted 180/Kjeldsen 235/Jensen 217), 638-632
Championship: Germany (Geißler 204/Hulsch 205/Pöppler 207) def.
England (Russell 203/Reay 187/John 170), 616-560.

2016 WEC Trios Preliminaries – Final Standings

Top 4 players advance to the medal round

Squad 1 Results
Squad 2 Results

Individual High Game / High Series
1 Game: 277 – Anja Ginge Jensen, Denmark
3 Games: 706 – Hayley Russell, England
6 Games: 1347 – Jenny Wegner, Sweden

Trios High Game / High Series
1 Game: 718 – Anja Ginge Jensen / Maria F. Stampe / Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark
3 Games: 1987 – Hayley Russell / Keira Reay /Lisa John, England
6 Games: 3864 – Hayley Russell / Keira Reay /Lisa John, England

2016 WEC – All-Events after 18/24 games)

Top 24 will advance to Masters match play; top 8 will receive one bye

Herbert Bickel

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